Today I picked an apple!

My first apple from an apple tree I planted many moons ago! I originally had two trees, but the other did not survive my neglected gardening skills. The first apple to survive the king parrots and cockatoo that feast on my fruit tree in my garden.

Now to see if it is ok to eat, there are smaller things that also like apples that could be burrowed deep inside, but first I will savour it, wait to show everyone else when they get home.

Today I picked an apple…life can’t be that bad!

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Pinny Press- November 2016

Welcome to my first Pinny Press!!

I thought I would trial it through my blog, test it out….so bear with me!

First up I wish to say a huge thank you to you all that entered my 6000 liker Facebook giveaway, such a wonderful response and so glad my gorgeous pinny (pictured below) has now arrived at it’s new little owner’s home. Also thank you to the beautiful Zylee for always looking amazing in my pinnys xx If you wish to see more of Zylee and her funky style Click here.

Showcases!!! Happening this Wednesday night over at Sustainable Handmade Creations The Great Christmas Bazaar opens at 7pm AEST (Queensland time) Do not miss it!! I will be releasing my first Sweet Summer Dress for the season and a gorgeous little Christmas pinny. You will find the album here.

Wish list update….there will be no December wish list!!! As the silly season it now pretty much here, I am not adding anymore pressure on myself. So I will be continuing to create from the November wish list…there is still so much for me to do there! So please if you are still wanting to add your wish to a list, you are welcome to add to this list, but no guarantees!! My next wish list will be in January, this will be a very limited one, as it will be school holidays and my boys will sure to keep me busy! Follow my blog so you do not miss out on my next up date to when it will open!

Lastly, I am going on holidays!!!! Every Christmas I head on down to my Mum’s in Victoria, this year we will be there for Christmas. So leaving on the 20th of December and coming back on the 31st of December. How exciting. My last postage day will be the 19th of December, but for those hoping to receive parcels before Christmas, it will be  the 10th of December. So yes pinny production will cease from the 20th of December! Yippee holiday time, I do believe I will have sewing withdrawals…the crochet hook with be coming with me and I have been thinking about embroidery again…so many beautiful crafts to keep me busy!

That’s all for now, thank you so much everyone for all the support and love…now I better get back to sewing, enjoy your weekend xx

Jackie xx

 

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My journey to sustainable fashion.

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so many beautiful handmade dresses out there and so many wonderful pages, sometimes I feel like a tiny drop in a large ocean. Then I think about why I am doing this. Why do I wake each day itching to start sewing? There are so many reasons! My cure for my grief, my joy of creating something that others love, my self worth of helping my family financially, the smiles on my little customers faces, my creative outlet…but most of all my achievement of helping the environment. Each item is created from unloved fabrics and trims, doilies and tablecloths, sheeting and linens. Items either destined for land fill or hidden, lost in dark cupboards. The joy I get from creating beautiful items from unloved fabric is so fulfilling my heart sings. This little cutie is from two pillowcases, darling doily sleeves and lined with vintage sheeting fabric. Thank you for being here on my journey to sustainable fashion.
  

Dreaming of chooks.

My nectarine blossom! Such sweet little pink blossoms are out in bloom and the bees are loving it! I planted this tree in the middle of my chook yard. Sadly I no longer have chooks, we used to have many, they were so much fun and adventure. Years and years of chook stories. Most of them we raised from chicks, when the boys were young it was just the best thing, so then there was always the chance of getting roosters. The time we killed our first roosters, Blackie and Whitie my poor husband having to do this, the trauma! Then having them for dinner and the boys, who were only 5,3,1 asking “is this Blackie, am I eating Whitie!” Oh dear! The summer we had snake after snake come in to the chook house to make a meal for them selves, I had just released some baby pullets and one of the snakes had two lumps in its belly! Chooks pooping at the back door waiting for some dinner, getting into the neighbours gardens, dogs coming over and killing our chooks, foxes, the pecking chook who always got called “Pecker” – oh those were the days! But it’s the yummy eggs I love and that happy chook sound, of seeing them scratching up the group, pooing in their natural fertiliser, I do miss that. I dream of getting more chooks, we had to stop having chooks when Sam got cancer and both him and myself were always in the hospital, life got too complicated and the chooks had to go….but my dream could be made true again, my father in law, who has moved in two doors up, would love chooks too, well the eggs, we will have the chooks, there is a plan, now to just get it happening!
   
 

Our aquaponics journey

Our aquaponics journey – this morning planting out some babies! Basil, lettuce and spring onions. What felt like hundreds of baby spring onions! So thin and tiny! So far we have found these three to grow well in our aquaponics system, so its good to stick with what grows well. We have one last broccoli it eat, it also grows well, when planted the right time. I have a whole bed of rocket and cauliflower, both my second time of trying to plant in this system and now twice a failed attempt, the rocket just does not like it, and the cauliflower will not form heads, though the leaves look great! All trial and error! Another bed to clean out and replant!

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Upcycled!

Nothing says upcycler more than a patchwork piece. I am so excited about this little pinny. It is so darn cute! As you can imagine I do not let anything go to waste here at dream a little. My family are now used to me filling empty spaces in the house with my craft. You just never know what you will need for your next creation. So the other day, after almost a week of not sewing, my backs fault not mine, I started this beauty. Well with all the digging around in my fabric stash and with choosing the right decorative stitch to use, hours went by creating something so magical. I hope you like it as much as I do! Xx11428006_828884533872428_5170761334147589503_n11390151_827677590659789_6098737347493498340_n

I thank you, the earth thanks you x

I would like to say a huge thank you to my wonderful customers for purchasing my gorgeous creations. You inspire me to keep going, my passion to create grows with each kind word and purchase. You give me ideas with each suggestion which grow into more beautiful dresses. But also with each dress, you, your little one and myself are helping our Mother Earth. By creating my items out of upcycled materials, reusing those lost treasures we are helping to build a sustainable way of life. We are reducing, reusing and recycling, the three R’s we should all live by. I cringe each time I have to walk into those huge shopping centres full of stuff, and yes I do have to visit occasionally, it’s hard to reuse thread! But if we can teach our kids now the importance of the three R’s, to see the beauty of those lost treasures, they too can grow up appreciating the quirkiness of a teatowel dress or a doily for decoration, that would be wonderful!

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